Family Fun

Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge

The 2,796-acre refuge offers excellent wildlife observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands and oak/ash forest, raised boardwalks, interpretive exhibits and observation/photography blinds. Most of the interior of the refuge is closed to public entry while the geese are in residence from Oct. 1-Mar. 31.
2301 Wintel Rd.
Jefferson, OR 97352
503-588-2701 or 541-757-7236

Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge

The 2,558-acre refuge offers excellent wildlife observation areas, trails that meander through wetlands, upland prairies and oak/ash forest and interpretive exhibits. Home to several threatened and endangered species. Most of the refuge interior is closed to public entry while the geese are in residence from Oct. 1-Mar. 31.
10995 Hwy. 22
Dallas, OR 97338
503-623-2749 or 541-757-7236

Breitenbush River

The Breitenbush River is a tributary of the North Santiam River in western Oregon in the United States. It drains a rugged, forested area of the Cascade Range east of Salem.

Buena Vista Cycling Route

A ride that winds west from Salem on Hwy. 22 to the towns of Rickreall, Monmouth and Independence. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to visit some interesting attractions and vineyards, ending your journey at the Buena Vista Ferry.  

  • Salem’s Riverfront Park/Carousel
  • Oak Knoll Golf Course & Driving Range
  • Polk County Historic Museum/Applegate Interpretive Center
  • Eola Hills Wine Cellars
  • Illahe Vineyard
  • Lavender Lake Farms
  • Coria Estates
  • Namaste Vineyards Tasting Room
  • Western Oregon University
  • Independence Heritage Museum
  • Independence Public Library
  • Riverview Park
  • Independence Civic Center
  • Redgate Winery & Tasting Room
  • Rogue Farms and Chatoe Tasting Room
  • Buena Vista Park
  • Buena Vista Ferry
Bush's Pasture Park ~ Kite Flying

Originally the Bush family's estate, this 90-acre city park includes the Bush House Museum and Conservatory, public rose gardens, playgrounds, trails, and other amenities.
600 Mission St.
Salem, OR 97302
503-363-4714
www.SalemArt.org or www.cityofsalem.net

Cascades Pond

This is a large urban park, 101.2 acres in size. There are many trees, natural areas, and developed paths. There are three reservable sites located at this park: Beaver Grove Shelter, and Blue Gill A & B.
2100 Turner Rd. SE
Salem, OR 97301 

Champoeg State Heritage Area

Full hookups, electrical, tent sites, rustic cabins, hiker/biker camp, group picnic areas, visitors center, historical attractions, meeting hall, amphitheater, hiking/biking trails and disc golf.
7679 Champoeg Rd. NE
Saint Paul, OR 97137
503-678-1251 or 800-452-5687(camping reservations)

Courthouse

Courthouse is a locally owned business established in 1977. We believe that fitness should be fun and a gym should deliver results.
PO Box 3125
Salem, OR 97302
503-588-2582

Create A Memory

Downtown art studio offers a mix of fun & functionality. Create your own pottery & fused glass. A place where memories are made. A wonderful gift!
270 Commercial St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-375-3664

Delbert Hunter Arboretum and Botanic Garden

Park St. entrance, south end of Dallas City Park
Dallas, OR 97338
503-623-7359
503-623-2564

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area

Full hookups, electrical, tent sites, visitor center, two mooring docks, fishing dock, wildlife viewing area, two playgrounds, two designated swimming areas and an ADA fishing dock.
44000 N Santiam Hwy. SE
Detroit, OR 97342
503-854-3346 or
800-452-5687 (camping reservations)
www.oregonstateparks.org

Enchanted Forest

Theme park with storybook lane, western town, haunted house, European village, log flume, roller coaster, more rides, summer theatre, food, shops and more!
8462 Enchanted Way SE
Turner, OR 97392
503-371-4242

Enlightened Theatrics

Founded in February 2013 and located within Salem’s Historic Grand Theatre, Enlightened Theatrics is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization furthering the cultural enrichment of Salem, Oregon by providing professional, accessible and compelling musical theatre experiences and theatrical education for all. For more information, please like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram and/or visit us online.
187/191 High St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-585-3427

Gilbert House Children's Museum

Salem's children's museum offers year-round fun with indoor & outdoor interactive exhibits in downtown Riverfront Park. Inspiring children of all ages to learn and grow through play.

Located in downtown Salem's Riverfront Park, this hands-on children's museum promotes learning through fun, interactive exhibits in the sciences, arts, and humanities.
116 Marion St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-371-3631

Historic Downtown Salem Cycling Route

A relatively easy ride meandering through the streets of Historic Downtown Salem. The ride will take you by some of the historic and visitor-friendly sites Salem has to offer such as:

  • Salem’s Riverfront Park
  • Salem’s Riverfront Carousel
  • Peter Courtney Minto-Island Bridge
  • Salem Convention Center
  • Grand Hotel in Salem
  • The Historic Elsinore Theatre
  • Bush House Museum
  • Bush’s Pasture Park
  • Deepwood Museum & Gardens
  • Willamette Heritage Center
  • Oregon State Capitol
  • WWII Memorial
  • Travel Salem’s Travel Café
  • The Grand Theater
  • Reed Opera House
  • Marion Square Park
  • Union Street Pedestrian Bridge
  • Gilbert House Children’s Museum
Independence Hop and Heritage Festival

September
Riverview Park and Amphitheater
50 C St., Independence
503-838-1212

Keizer Iris Festival

May 
4100 Cherry Ave NE
Keizer, OR 97303
503-393-9111

Keizer Rapids Park ~ Big Toy Build

Disc golf, Big TOY playground, outdoor amphitheater with reserved seating for 400, sand volleyball court, disc golf, two dog parks, fishing, cycling, boat ramp on Willamette River, river access camping.
930 Chemawa Rd. NE
Keizer, OR 97303
503-856-3441

Keizer Rapids Cyclo Cross

Keizer Rapids Cross from Dronescape Media Consulting on Vimeo.

Marion County Fair

July
Marion County Fair
Oregon State Fairgrounds, Salem
503-566-4140
 

Marion Skate Park

The Marion Skate Park features a "skate bowl" and "street scape" for boarders. Open 5 a.m.-midnight.
Downtown Salem in Marion Park on the corner of Marion and Commercial Streets.
503-588-6261

Minto-Brown Island Park

This 900-acre natural area features 12 miles of paved and soft-surface walking/bicycle trails, a reservable picnic shelter, dog park and acres of crops dedicated to feed the wildlife. Park: 5 a.m.-midnight; Office: Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2200 Minto Island Rd. (located off of River Rd. S)
Salem, OR 97302
503-588-6261

Mount Angel Oktoberfest

September
5 N Garfield St., Mount Angel
855-899-6338

North Santiam River

The North Santiam River is a 92-mile (148 km) tributary of the Santiam River in western Oregon in the Cascade Range on the eastern side of the Willamette Valley east of Salem.
Blocked by Big Cliff Dam near Mill City, the lower North Santiam River supports spring chinook salmon and summer steelhead. In the reaches upstream of the dam, the river is managed mainly as a stocked-trout fishery. Near the stream's source at Santiam Lake in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness, native cutthroat trout, rainbow trout, and brook trout are also found.
Travel Salem
503-581-4325

Oregon Garden Brewfest

June
879 W. Main St., Silverton
503-874-8100 or 877-674-2733

Oregon Scenic Bikeway

Oregon is the only state in the nation with Scenic Bikeways - offering Oregon's "best of the best" road routes.

Oregon State Fair

late August-early September
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, Oregon 97301
503-947-3247 or 800-833-0011

Oregon State Fair & Expo Center

2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-947-3247 or 800-833-0011

August
520 S Pacific Hwy W
PO Box 29
Rickreall, OR 97371
503-623-3048

Ritner Cycling Loop

This route starts and ends at Riverview Park in Independence. Over the route’s 45 miles, cyclists will be enjoy scenic views of Polk County’s landscape along with some favorite spots including:

  • Independence Public Library
  • Independence Heritage Museum
  • Western Oregon University
  • Ritner Creek Covered Bridge
  • Airlie Winery
  • Emerson Vineyard
  • Independence Civic Center
Salem Art Fair and Festival ~ Photo by Ron Cooper

Held in July. Ranked 20th in the nation and set in picturesque Bush's Pasture Park. Features 200 artists from across the nation, two music stages, food, wine and craft beer.
Bush's Pasture Park
600 Mission St.
Salem, OR 97302
503-581-2228

 
Salem Public Library

Children and families can find fun activities every day at Salem Public Library. Books, events, and activities for children from birth to 18 are offered throughout the year.

Salem Public Library has meeting rooms available for rent to both public and private groups. Rooms vary by size, function and cost. Food service available.
585 Liberty St. SE
Salem, OR 97301
503-588-6315

Salem Saturday Market

April-October from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Fresh, locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, and baked goods. Cut flowers, plants, arts & crafts, on-site prepared foods and plenty of free parking. Three seasonal and one holiday market. Come explore, discover, and experience our local growers and artisans.
Corner of Summer & Marion Streets NE
PO Box 13691 (mailing)
​Salem, OR 97309
503-585-8264

Salem's Riverfront Carousel

Old-world style carousel housed in a beautiful building on the banks of the Willamette River in Salem, Oregon. The Salem's Riverfront Carousel Gift Gallery is a great shop filled with fun gifts, decor, toys, baby gifts, hand carved items and more! We offer a range of special occasion renting options for your use. We have packages for both during-hour and after-hour private events. 
101 Front St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-540-0374

Crossing over the scenic Santiam River at two points, this route takes cyclists on country roads winding along farmland and through covered bridges and quaint small towns. There are several parks along the route where visitors can take a break, rest, have a picnic lunch and enjoy the outdoors.  
Key points of interest:

  • Turner
  • Turner City Park
  • Jefferson
  • All Nations Native American Veterans Memorial
  • Royal Wallace Park
  • Gilkey Covered Bridge
  • Scio
  • Stayton
  • Stayton Riverfront Park
  • Stayton-Jordan Covered Bridge
  • Pioneer Park
  • Aumsville Ponds
  • Peter Boone Park
Silver Creek Reservoir, Silverton, Oregon

Silver Creek Reservoir also known as Silverton Reservoir is a sixty-five-acre impoundment on Silver Creek located in the Cascade foothills 2.5 miles southeast of the city of Silverton, Oregon on Oregon Route 214.
The lake is popular in the spring and summer as a recreation area. Stocked with roughly 20,000 hatchery trout each spring and early summer, the lake also provides opportunities to catch bullhead catfish. Swimming is also quite popular on warm summer days as well as recreational boating, though only electric motors are allowed.
4381 Silver Falls Hwy.
Silverton, OR  97381
503-873-8679
www.silverton.or.us

Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls Lodge & Conference Center from The California Parks Company on Vimeo.

Electrical, tent sites, rustic cabins, waterfalls, group tent areas, group RV areas, youth camp, horse camp, canyon hiking trails, bike paths and a historic lodge.
20024 Silver Falls Hwy. SE
Sublimity, OR 97385
503-873-8681 or
800-452-5687 (camping reservations)

Silverton Fine Arts Festival

August
Coolidge-McClaine Park
303 Coolidge St.
Silverton, OR 97381
503-873-2480

A network of canal-like waterways and walking paths that offers everything from fishing and hiking to bird-watching, photography and waterfowl hunting. The park/ponds complex west of Gervais is co-managed by Marion County Parks and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which owns the 200 total acres at the site. Open 8:00 a.m. - Sunset,  May 1 - October 31.
Park Location:
St. Louis Fish Ponds County Park
Gervais, OR 97026

Cycling through covered bridge

Enjoy rolling through the lush farmland that surrounds the town of Stayton and Scio while visiting historic covered bridges. Encompassing 57 miles and six covered bridges, this route will give cyclists a little bit of a challenge.  
The six bridges include:

  • Stayon-Jordan Covered Bridge
  • Gilkey Covered Bridge
  • Hoffman Covered Bridge
  • Larwood Covered Bridge
  • Shimanek Covered Bridge
  • Hannah Covered Bridge
The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center

Our 92,000 square foot facility houses a 300-seat chapel/auditorium, meeting and dining spaces, amphitheater, fitness center, classrooms, 25 yd. x 25 m. competition pool, and aquatics center.
1865 Bill Frey Dr.
Salem, OR 97303
503-566-5762

Willamette Art Center gallery

Salem's community art center for ceramic, they produce the Artisan's Village at the Oregon State Fair and the Empty Bowls benefit sale.
2330 17th St. NE
Salem, OR 97301
503-365-3911

Willamette Mission State Park

Group RV/tent horse camping, bike and equestrian trails, historic sites, nation's largest Black Cottonwood Tree, and spacious group picnic areas.
10991 Wheatland Rd. NE
Gervais, OR 97026
800-551-6949

Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway

The Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway was designed for cyclists of all levels to experience Oregon's history and the most diverse crop lands on earth.
800-551-6949

Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana

August
Legion Park 1385 Park Ave.,
Woodburn
503-982-8221

Woodburn Recreation & Parks


Offering healthy, active, and community programming including: parks and open space, youth and adult sports, active adult trips, community education classes, and community events.
270 Montgomery St.
Woodburn, OR 97071
503-982-5266

Woodburn Summer Nights Concerts & Movies

Woodburn Summer Nights include concerts throughout the month of July into August, followed by movies; both held in picturesque Library Park. All events are free.
1st & Garfield at Library Park
Woodburn, OR 97071
503-982-5266

Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm

Experience views of vineyards, distant mountains and gardens throughout the year with yearly events: Tulip Festival, Pumpkin Festival, Fields of Terror, WS Winery and more.
33814 S Meridian Rd.
Woodburn, OR 97071
503-634-2243 or 800-711-2006

World Beat Festival

June
Oregon's largest multicultural celebration. A two-day celebration of international cultural heritage, 125 performances, 100 vendors and exhibitors, dance, music, theater, kids activities, and much more.

101 Front St.
Salem, OR 97301
503-581-2004